Roll up, Roll up. Get Up and Dance attempts to take on Just Dance 3 in a Christmas Dance Off special! Christmas is always a good time for a party (even Scrooge ends up smiling in the end) and as such there are various ‘party’ titles making their way into stockings across the world. Get Up and Dance is another entry into the ‘dancing’ genre, the question is whether this is worth getting if you already have Just Dance (which if you like dancing games, you’re bound to have).
Just like all dance games on the Wii, Get Up and Dance follows the movements of your Wii Remote. You have to replicate the movements of the pictograms that scroll down the screen. The better you match their actions the higher your score. There are a decent range of tracks available to dance to, including such artists as Gwen Stefani, Taio Cruz, Jesse J, Example, Girls Aloud, Elton John, Lionel Ritchie, Timbaland, La Roux ad Billy Ray Cyrus.
There is not a great range of playable modes available, which obviously reduces the longevity. You have your standard single mode where you pick a track and dance to it. You can choose to play the Party mode, which involves picking one of the following; Team Classic, where the winner is determined by who has the most points; Last Man Standing, where the last one standing wins; Tug of War, where the better dancers win the tug of war and Party Mix, which is played using a random playlist. You can play each mode to the best of 3, 5, 7 or 9 rounds. There is also a fitness mode where you can set the intensity of your exercises and Get Up and Dance tracks your progress. There is also a training mode which breaks down a song into individual parts, but it is quite cumbersome as you have to choose each part of the song to try it and there is no automatic transition into the next element of the track.
One unique feature in Get Up and Dance is the ability to choose to be the lead dancer of a group or actually take part as one of the backing dancers. At the beginning this is entertaining to do with friends, but the novelty wears off very quickly because you soon realise that your input is the same as the lead dancer’s. The music videos play behind your dancer and luckily don’t distract you from the job at hand. Your dancer dresses up to suit the song, but to be fair, it’s just a dark silhouette of a person with a few bright colours on different limbs depending on the song. The movements you have to copy scroll down the screen but they are not the easiest of moves to identify, it’s better just to copy the dancer, although you’ll lose out on points if you miss out on the first couple of seconds.
Unfortunately for Get Up and Dance, the only way it tracks your movements is via the Wii Remote. So you can try to get into the mood and perform all the moves by jumping up and down, but it’s much easier to score points by sitting down and shaking your wrist in time. Plus, doing it this way seems to make it far easier for the game to register your movements, as you’ll often find getting up and dancing results in a lot of missed moves no matter how good you are. It’s quite the contradiction, considering you are playing a title called Get Up and Dance.
Undoubtedly, Get Up and Dance is a fun game when played in a group just like other party games. But Get Up and Dance restricts the fun factor by being poorly developed on both its technical and presentation sides. Graphically, other dance games like the Just Dance series are more pleasing to the eye and while the tracks sound like they should here, if they didn’t, then Get Up and Dance would suffer from real problems. After an initial play, you’ll soon realise that there is nothing to keep you interested because of a distinct lack of modes. One thing a dance/singing game must possess is a huge range to playable options, but Get Up and Dance just doesn’t have enough.
Get Up and Dance is a very average game that has fun moments when played in group situations, but the unfortunate fact is that there are simply better dance games out there. The lack of multiplayer options and unlockables reduce the longevity and any long term appeal Get Up and Dance may have had. Get Up and Dance is definitely more of an album filler than a number one selling hit.
REVIEW CODE: A complimentary Nintendo Wii code was provided to Bonus Stage for this review. Please send all review code enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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